Recycle all pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags through this programme
You can recycle your pet food plastic pouches and flexible plastic bags through a network of public drop-off locations across the UK.
To learn more, please take a look at the “How It Works” section further down the page.
We understand there is a lot of support for this programme and a demand for recycling pet food packaging. Please be assured we are in the process of working with the wider Pet Food industry to provide further recycling opportunities. In the meantime, we kindly ask you to drop off your pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags at an existing drop-off location.
There are 2 different ways to participate in this programme:
Find your nearest public drop-off location on the interactive map above and drop off your pet food plastic pouches & flexible plastic bags during the opening hours.
To learn more about public drop-off locations, please click here.
If there are no public drop-off locations near you (within 20 miles), you can register your interest to set one up.
We are looking to strategically widen the public drop-off location network in areas with less coverage. But due to high demand, joining the programme as public drop-off location is now application based. There are currently no spaces available but if more spaces are opened, applicants would be reviewed on a quarterly basis.
Please note you are more likely to be chosen if you meet the following criteria:
If you can meet these requirements, please register your interest by filling in this form.
To learn more about what public drop-off locations are and what it involves to set up one, please click here.
Once you are a member of the programme (by setting up a public drop-off location or becoming a private collector) and when you are ready to send a shipment, please follow these steps:
Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.
In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please only send accepted packaging (see accepted waste above).
Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover product) from the packaging, and please rinse the wet food pouches thoroughly and let them dry before placing them in a box. Please note that soaked or wet shipping boxes might be refused by our carrier.
Tape the box together securely ensuring there are no loose edges or corners. Print your label and attach it securely to the shipment.
Once collected, the aggregated plastic pet food packaging are sorted, shredded and washed. Food residue is composted. The material is then densified into hard-granulated plastic granules. The granules are then extruded so they can be incorporated into the production of different plastic products such as fence posts and benches.
Click here to learn more about the recycling process.
TerraCycle® points are credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the total weight of the shipment. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.
Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.
Here is the reward this programme offers:
500 grams of plastic pet food packaging = 0 TerraCycle® points
7 kilograms of plastic pet food packaging = 350 TerraCycle® points
10 kilograms of plastic pet food packaging = 500 TerraCycle® points
Please be aware, the weight of the cardboard box is not taken into account. TerraCycle® recommends public drop-off location administrators and private collectors to send more than the minimum weight to ensure points are awarded.
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